Headlined Guests that have appeared on BBS Radio TV
Sam Liebowitz, known as The Conscious Consultant, is a mentor, coach, speaker, healer and serial entrepreneur. He has been in business for himself since 1993 and has owned several successful businesses, including a software consulting firm, a video publishing business and an internet business for aerospace engineers and managers.
His current ventures include The Conscious Consultant, a coaching and mentoring service which promotes sensible, ethical, moral and conscious ways to build careers and businesses, Talking Alternative Broadcasting, an Internet Radio Station which reaches over 110 countries worldwide, and Double Diamond Wellness a healing center to which he brings his high-level business and intuitive skills.
In these various roles, Sam has inspired hundreds of people to live a life that is happier, healthier and more fulfilled. Sam has lectured in several venues in New York City, including being a featured speaker at TEDxUpperWestSide in 2016.
“What brought me to music was the longing to discover the most sincere part of myself, the part of me that is connected to everything and everyone… For me, music is about the freedom and power to create connection and communication between people. Creating from a place of purpose and love is what I’ve set out to do with my life and music.”
Wandering through adolescence and young adulthood, Daniella eventually came to the realization that her unhappy aimless journey would continue endlessly until she overcame the overwhelming fear of committing to her childhood calling. In the age of child YouTube sensations and having no previous training in music, being an adult with aspirations to become a recording and performing vocalist on guitar seemed like the most daunting and frightening task.
Eventually however the prospect of starting from scratch, became less frightening than continuing through life burdened by the void of living without the musical tools of creative expression. In her mind there was no other option than to commit wholeheartedly to the path of an artist. Mustering the courage to forgo conventional living, she retreated to a simple, intentional life on a sailboat where she could focus on tackling the skills needed one by one. Piano, guitar, voice, songwriting and live performance. Her ongoing goal of mastery as an artist is a journey that requires drastic measures and intense commitment to reach.
Now 8 years into the journey of learning, practice, dedication and overcoming many psychological challenges related to the fear of failure, the classic “it’s too late for me,” she has boldly begun to share her experience through her music. Her songs are a reflection of her passion for balance, personal freedom, healing, and authenticity. Inspired by the magnitude of nature while living and recording aboard a sailboat, and a determination to prove to herself that it is never too late to live a life full of purpose, or to pursue one’s soul fulfilling dreams, her music ignites the love and peace we all aspire to feel.
Living simply and minimally on a small sailboat has prepared her for tour life on the road and also strengthened her passion for sustainable living. As an advocate for healthy organic living and a role model for following one’s dreams, the purpose of her music and unconventional lifestyle is to keep herself and others inspired to live mindfully and passionately.
Jesse Golden is a Devoted Mother, Holistic Health Practitioner, Hatha yoga teacher and author. Since a young child, Jesse gravitated towards healing and spirituality. Always searching and striving for authentic, alternative ways to live.
Through her many life challenges, including continuing to thrive with the debilitating disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis. She harnessed many spiritual, holistic, and natural remedies that helped her along the way. The importance of organic skincare and positive rituals became her daily practice. Through her personal formulated products, Jesse began to use them as tools to not only nourish and heal her skin but to retrain her brain towards a more positive mindset. Reciting positive affirmations while applying became a self love remedy that enhanced her already powerful products.
Jesse is excited to share her Golden Secret’s with you. Products that she has personally developed and some that she has worn for years that are synonymous with who she is.
Her mission is to inspire and empower others through organic beauty and positive daily rituals of self love. Helping you to align with your own knowingness and Mother nature herself so that you can live your best life possible and of course #BeGolden
Jesse Golden has used her multi-faceted career as a platform to inspire and empower people all over the world.
Jesse’s accomplishments began as a child, growing up as a ballerina in her Mother’s dance studio. She has established herself as the face of hope in the health and fitness industry after naturally accomplishing to put the debilitating disease Rheumatoid Arthritis into remission.
Jesse continues to thrive despite her diagnosis and shares all her Golden Secrets with her Skincare + Wellness line and her new book, “The Golden Secrets to Optimal Health.”
Ted Wulfers is an internationally touring American Entertainer, Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer and Composer based in Los Angeles. Along with a million stories and a few hundred songs, Ted’s ability as a performer to connect with listeners keeps him busy for 50-200 shows a year with one of the most fun, original and inspiring live music shows around. His music has achieved radio success with the Top 40 Radio hit “Here We Go,” the beachy ballad “San Luis Obispo” and the 2016 radio smash hit “The Cubs Won It All In 2016″ of which the lyrics have recently gone into the Baseball Hall Of Fame, and was released on vinyl as a 2017 Record Store Day Exclusive Release.
Primarily known for Rock ‘n Roll, Americana, Blues and Ukulele music, Wulfers has released eight original studio albums as well as scoring soundtracks for film, television, video games. A number of his songs continue to be licensed to a number of commercials and films. A much anticipated ninth album is to be released soon.
Known for his virtuosic Guitar, Ukulele, Bass and Steel playing, Wulfers was classically trained on Piano since the age of 3, before teaching himself Guitar, Bass, Organ, Drums, Ukulele, Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, Dobro, Mandolin, Banjo, Cello and Harmonica. With touching and hilarious stage banter along with heartbreaking, road-worn, tongue-in-cheek and lyrics, Ted employs much of his four and a half octave vocal range throughout his recordings and live shows. Growing up in the Chicago Blues and Midwest Jam Band scenes helped Wulfers evolve into an artist with incredible stage presence and his own eclectic style of Rock ‘n Roll/Americana/Ukulele music.
Wulfers’ enormous catalog of music remains timeless and innovative and there seems to be a song or lyric for every occasion. His full band or solo acoustic live performances showcase Wulfers’ wide vocal range and abilities on a myriad of instruments. He owns and manages his own recording studio, produces a plethora of other artists’ albums, and he caught a Pacific Blue Marlin sizable enough to be featured in an exhibit in Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. Well known for playing most of the instruments on his albums, he has also featured some of the world’s best and well known musicians to back him up.
Wulfers has been featured on CNN, CNN Europe, WGN, CBS, ABC, ABC World News, FOX, ESPN and has been covered by hundreds of other radio/TV/print media outlets. Recent Ted Wulfers music videos have been nominated for several awards and Wulfers is currently directing his first feature film. He is also associated with his recording studio, 663 Sound, his film company, 663 Films and as leader of the 1990s band, Beggar’s Bridge.
Recently Ted’s photography has been gaining a lot of admiration and attention. He has been published and is currently selling prints. There will be information soon on this site as to where you can view and how you can own Ted’s photo prints.
SAM X RENICK
Sam X Renick is the creator and driving force behind Sammy Rabbit and the Dream Big Club. Sam and Sammy are dedicated to empowering kids’ dreams and improving their financial literacy through the development of great habits and strategic life skills. Sam has read and sung off key with over a quarter million children around the world, encouraging them to get in the habits of saving money and reading! He has won numerous honors throughout his career including the New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award!
Careers and Life Turning Points
- Subcontract Manager for Fortune 100 Aerospace and Defense Company
- Financial Advisor
- Author, Entrepreneur and Financial Educator
Grow Sammy Rabbit into a global source and force for big dreams and great habits, especially money habits. Sammy’s vision and objective are to develop generations of children who possess and practice great habits, are self sufficient, and capable of making their big dreams come true!
Mission and Goal
Sammy has specific mission and goals for each of his five Dream Big Initiatives. His current focus is on his Dream Big Read and Resource Initiative. The mission and goal are to have 1 million children between the ages of 5 and 8 receive and read his storybook Sammy’s Big Dream by the end of 2020.
The storybook invites children to:
- take the Dream Big Pledge and promise to get in the habit of saving money and reading
- set a savings goal
- write about one of their big dreams
- join the Dream Big Club where they can continue to learn and grow.
About Sammy Rabbit
Sammy is a friend everyone loves. He is warm, smart and trustworthy. He believes the right habits make a difference, including money habits. He makes it easy for anyone to talk to and teach kids about money and habits with his head and heart approach to education. That is HIS MAGIC and one of his SUPERPOWERS. It’s what makes him an effective solution to a difficult challenge.
He embodies the ‘you can do it’ spirit. Sammy strongly believes it is important to dream and do big, one step at a time! Dreams give us purpose and drive behavior.
Dream big. Do big. One step at a Time!
Jennie Lee (Hawaii) is a certified yoga therapist who has spent two decades coaching people in the healing tradition of classical yoga meditation. Using the practices she writes about in Breathing Love & her debut, award winning book True Yoga, Jennie helps people overcome grief, depression, anxiety, and stress as well as create lives filled with greater joy. Jennie’s writing has also been featured on dozens of wellness blogs and in magazines including the Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Yoga Digest, and Yogi Times. She counsels via phone or Skype internationally and from her home studio on the island of O’ahu.
Key Points about Jennie Lee:
- 20 years practicing and teaching Yoga
- Coaches a wide demographic of clients, ages 6–94, including Celebrities, CEOs, Doctors, Writers, Psychologists, Lawyers, Financial Analysts, Educators, Actors, Military Officers & Veterans and more
- Specializes in counseling for anxiety, depression, grief, stress and relationship issues
- Therapy model is a combination of: Classical Yoga philosophy and practice, Somatic and Process Therapy, Spiritual Psychology, Traditional Psychology, and Core Energetics
- Leads workshops, educational lectures, corporate presentations, and retreats worldwide
- Certified Yoga Therapist – C-IAYT International Association of Yoga Therapists
- Registered Yoga Teacher – RYT 500 Yoga Alliance (Note: The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my C-IAYT credential not derived from my status as an RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.)
- 20 years as a professional film, television and stage actor & member of Screen Actor’s Guild
Dr. Michael Wayne Regier received his PhD from the California School of Professional psychology. Early in his career he was on the faculty in the department of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of medicine. He did a post doctoral internship in couples group psychotherapy with Dr. Judy Coche in Philadelphia.
He is currently the founder and Director of The Center for Relational Excellence in Visalia where he works full time as an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist.
He and his wife Paula have written a book for couples called Emotional Connection: The Story and Science of Preventing Conflict and Creating Lifetime Love.
Dr. Regier works with couples in crisis and toxic relationships. Many couples have traumatic injuries due to relationship betrayals. Often couples come in on the verge of divorce looking for some way to escape their destructive cycle and rediscover the love that brought them together.
Susan Bradley-Boartfield is a spiritually-guided Transformational Leader, Business Strategist and Healer. As a former corporate leader in the insurance industry, Susan was well respected for her unique approach to business, understanding that business success was created through relationships not sales. Sales are the result of the relationships created. This approach to the know, like and trust philosophy (now recognized as the key to business) created not only rapid growth but retention, year after year.
Everything changed when Susan's younger sister passed in 2011 leaving behind three children. Not only did Susan lose her mojo for the insurance business, but her physical health deteriorated to the point she became bedridden. Told she would never work again was something she refused to accept. Susan spent this time studying the mind-body connection; energy healing using frequencies; meditation; and became a certified coach.
Today, everything Susan does is spiritually guided. Through her connection she was given a vision and founded Partners at Play, a community for Coaches, Healers and Light Workers to Collaborate, Co-create and Cooperate. Susan assists these heart-centered professionals build a strong foundation and bring their messages to the world. Through teaching, coaching and mentoring it is her mission to help humanity remember the truth of who they are and prepare them as they shift into a new way of being on the planet.
KEN CARTER’s previous careers were a paramedic and middle school science teacher. While researching the subject of bioenergy and pursuing certification as a Qigong practitioner, Carter found books on the theory of orgone energy. Along with his business partner, Bob Quintas, a 35-year veteran of physical therapy, they invented the RF BioShield, a unique invention that gives individuals protection from harmful devices that emit electromagnetic radiation in their home and business. The RF BioShield has been on the market for several years, and stops chaotic vibratory frequencies—from cell phones, computers, Wi-Fi routers, microwave ovens, televisions, cordless phones, and smart meters—and redirects the frequencies away from the body by a third generation orgonite. After sustaining a career ending injury, Ken began a life changing healing path. He healed his body, became a Level 3 practitioner of Emei Qigong, is a Level 1 BioCybernaut, sells a device for protection from electromagnetic radiation, and became an apprentice to an Apache-Sioux medicine woman.
Dr. Sherry Towers has a diverse background in mathematical and computational modeling, applied statistics, informatics, advanced quantitative methods, high performance computing, and data mining. She has over 360 publications on a wide variety of topics that include applied statistics, and mathematical and computational epidemiology and sociology. Her unique trans-disciplinary skill set enables her to examine a wide range of research questions that are at the forefront of her field, and are often of broad interest and importance to policy makers and the general public.
Her diverse research interests include modeling the spread of disease in populations, including influenza, MRSA, ebola, and dengue, and also application of contagion models to examine the spread of ideas and social behaviors within a population.
Several of her publications in epidemiology have received widespread media attention, including forecasts for the progression of the 2009 influenza pandemic, and the 2014 ebola epidemic in West Africa. Both analyses correctly forecast the progression of the epidemics, and her forecast for the 2009 pandemic was discussed in a special US Senate meeting on October 23, 2009 H1N1 Flu: Monitoring the Nation’s response.
Her work in computational sociology has also received international media attention, including an analysis of how media can incite panic in a population, and how contagion may play a role in the temporal patterns observed in mass killings in the US. The latter work has received extensive ongoing media coverage, including on BBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, NPR, Reuters, USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Telegraph, Vox, and many other local, national, and international news agencies. The study was also profiled in Season 8, Episode 4 of Morgan Freeman's Through the Wormhole documentary series on the Discovery Channel in 2017, "Is Gun Crime a Virus?".
Since 2013, she has been a Research Professor with the Simon A. Levin Mathematical and Computational Modeling Sciences Center at Arizona State University.
James Duignam is a Health Coach, Reiki and BKP Kinesiology practitioner, who helps people take a holistic approach to their health, by supporting their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. James is the author the books, Soular Return, Soulutions for Body, Mind and Soul, and, Why Meditation Works: A Glimpse Inside Your Mind and Brain, and writes a monthly newsletter on health and wellness, to inspire and empower people to take responsibility for their health and well-being.
L E E
K E R S L A K E
URIAH HEEP & OZZY OSBOURNE
LEGENDARY DRUMMER ANNOUNCES NEW PROJECTS
Lee Kerslake is an English musician, best known as the longtime drummer and backing vocalist for the rock band Uriah Heep, in addition to his work in the Ozzy Osbourne band
Kerslake joined Uriah Heep in November 1971, left the band in October 1979, and rejoined them in April 1982. In early 2007 it was announced on the Heep website that Kerslake left the band ‘due to ongoing health problems’.
With Heep, Kerslake also performed backing vocals both on album and on stage. On the Firefly album he was credited with the nickname “The Bear”, a reference to his beard growth and overall solid physical build.
During his time out of Uriah Heep, he worked with Ozzy Osbourne, with whom he recorded Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, and played with bass guitarist Bob Daisley, who later joined Uriah Heep. On the Diary of a Madman notes, Kerslake and Daisley weren’t credited. The two musicians were fired in late March 1981, just after the recording session, and replaced for the tour by Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo. Aldridge’s and Sarzo’s photos were put on the album and they were credited as studio musicians, but they didn’t play on the album.
In 1998, Kerslake and Daisley filed suit against Ozzy Osbourne and his manager (and wife) Sharon Osbourne, seeking royalties and songwriting credits for their contributions to the Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman albums. Osbourne subsequently erased Kerslake and Daisley’s playing on both albums, replacing their performances with tracks by bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin.
In 2003, Kerslake and Daisley’s lawsuit was dismissed by the United States District Court in Los Angeles. This dismissal was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Lee now performs with his own band “The Lee Kerslake Band”, guests with various bands and regularly joins ex-Heep members Ken Hensley and Paul Newton in “Uriah Heep Legends”
J O E D E N I N Z O N
REFERRED TO AS "THE JIMI HENDRIX OF THE VIOLIN"
NEW ALBUM 'GUILTY OF INNOCENCE'
NEW MUSIC VIDEO 'BEHIND THE CURTAIN'
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius’ album GUILTY OF INNOCENCE (on Melodic Revolution Records) is set for college radio this February, with a new music video “Behind The Curtain.”
The video for “Behind the Curtain” features actor Max McGuire (“Star Crossed Lovers”) playing different characters and Stratospheerius members Joe Deninzon (electric violin/vocals), Jamie Bishop (bass), Aurelien Budynek (guitar), and drummer Lucianna Padmore wearing neon-colored masks.
Joe says, “The song is about the rise and downfall of celebrity and the primal fascination we have in building someone up and tearing them down, watching someone suffer. We love to chastise someone while we ourselves often lead double lives, hiding all kinds of skeletons in our closets while pretending we are faultless.”
In the video, Max plays a tormented wretched old man stuck in an endless maze of corridors in his mind, his own personal hell. Through the video, he opens different doors and enters new worlds where he assumes a different identity in each, putting on a face and playing a role, always returning back into his hallway of hell and searching for a new doorway to open, doomed to do this for eternity. The band represents the demons who continue to hover around and haunt this man, with a nod to the Droogs from Clockwork Orange.
The video was co-produced by renowned MTV producer David P. Levin, Filner at Alpha Wave Studios in East Hanover, NJ, and edited by David Milone and David P. Levin.
Stratospheerius’ GUILTY OF INNOCENCE is finding praise for its musicianship, vocals, songwriting, inventiveness, and sound:
PROGRESSION: “Joe Deninzon has made a career…wielding his violin like guitar. In that way he has pioneered a new standard for rock violin, much the same way Ian Anderson did for flute.”
“Splashy and theatrical, GUILTY OF INNOCENCE is a howl for justice delivered by virtuosos completely in synch with one another!“ writes “Strings” Magazine, the “Bible” for the String music world.)
"GUILTY OF INNOCENCE is not only great, but one of the most hectic and heart-stopping albums I’ve listened to,” states “Music From the Other Side of the Room”’s Zachary Nathanson.
Stratospheerius has showcased their “frenzied melange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world at colleges, festivals, and clubs. They have opened for artists including Alex Skolnick, Gary Hoey, Martin Barre, Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, Mike Stern, and John Scofield. The group has played festivals including The Detroit International Jazz Festival, Great South Bay, Chattanooga RiverFest, Harmony Fest a number of times through the years. The band was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition the Musicians Atlas Independent Music Awards. They have been featured in Progression, Relix, Downbeat, and Jazziz... Known as the “Jimi Hendrix of violin,” Joe is the author of Mel Bay’s electric violin technique book, “Plugging In: A Guide to Gear and Technique for the 21st Century String Player”, AND HAS recently worked with Bruce Springsteen, Phoebe Snow, Everclear, Peter Criss from KISS, Renaissance, and as a soloist with Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet, and The Muncie Symphony Orchestra on his concerto!
About Patricia Cori
She’s been dubbed a “real life Indiana Jones” by fans and the media
an inspiring icon of truth and a living model of the
adventurer within us all. Internationally
acclaimed author Patricia Cori is one of the most well
-known and established
authorities on the realms of the mystic
, whose views of the world challenge the status quo and confront the
issues that concern us all today. She loves to “stretch
the imagination” with visions of what might very well be, as science fiction becomes reality every day in our rapidly changing world.
With thirteen books, published in more than twenty foreign languages, she has been a key voice in the
alternative media for decades, bringing paradigm
-busting information to the public since 1996.
The former host of the popular radio show, Beyond the Matrix, she has herself
been interviewed on hundreds of talk radio and TV programs, including CNN,
Coast to Coast a.m. with George Noory, WABC, Playboy Radio, the Urban
Journal Radio, KJAC Radio Montreal, 21st
Century Radio, Fringe Radio, Unity FM, and a host of others. She has also appeared in documentary films. Soon after turning her talent to screenwriting, Cori penned a full feature script of her debut fiction novel
–an adventure thriller –The Emissary, released through North Atlantic Books/Random House Distribution in March 2014,
and the project is already in development to become a major motion picture.
Episode One of a trilogy entitled THE HIDDEN, The Emissary
presents the female superhero, Jamie Hastings, who leads the way in the two intriguing sequels, both completed:
The Keeper of the Crystal Skull, and Soul Snatchers,
fantasy, sci-fi adventures both.
Currently, she is preparing to carve out a place for her hero,
the super-psychic Jamie, in the dynamic world of comics, with platforms that will include digital comics and cinematic graphic novels of
The Emissary’s Universe,in collaboration
with LNL Partners, who have produced platforms for renowned industry giants
such as William Shatner and Stan Lee.
Frank Ingrasciotta – is the writer/performer of the Off-Broadway critically-acclaimed one-man play Blood Type: RAGU.
Frank’s New York stage credits include the original Off-Broadway production of Godspell at the Promenade Theatre, Valley of the Dolls, Three Postcards, Dinner at 8, What Would Nora Say?, Edgar Degas in The Girl in the Blue Armchair, and the Pharaoh in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lincoln Center.
Television: Recurring roles on The Guiding Light, One Life to Live, ABC Afterschool Special and The Equalizer.
Directing: Three years as writer/producer for the NY Cable Follies, a live musical satire of the year’s events in the cable industry, performing to TV network CEOs and executives. Regionally and in NYC, he has directed numerous cabarets, corporate shows and stage productions. Among them: Neil Berg’s musical The Life & Times of Fiona Gander, 12 Angry Men, Ordinary People, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Noises Off, You Can’t Take It With You, Chicago, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Miss Saigon, and Urinetown. For the NYC Fire Department, he directed and choreographed firefighters in a benefit production of Guys & Dolls receiving media coverage and raising over $20,000 for the NY Burn Center.
Frank is also featured in the independent films, Brooklyn in July and Figs for Italo directed by Bob Celli, and presently touring national and international film festivals.
As an arts educator, he is an advocate in utilizing the arts as a teaching tool across the school curriculum. He conducts creative writing & acting workshops for adults and youth and serves on the faculty teaching acting at SUNY Purchase.
He is a graduate of the Meisner acting technique at William Esper Studios, and earned a Theatre Arts-in-Education degree from SUNY Empire State College.
Frank was invited to perform Blood Type: RAGU at the New York State Capital for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislators receiving honors on the House Floor.
Last year the show received top honors at the United Solo Award for Best Comic Actor and Best Comedic Script He is also the recipient of the Arts Award by the Westchester Arts Council for his outstanding achievement as a performing artist and educator for the County.
Hailing from Baltimore, MD, Temme Scott developed her passion for songwriting like many do — in her childhood bedroom. After some success in her teen years playing in an acoustic trio based on the east coast, Scott moved west to finish up her studies at UCLA, and ultimately begin pursuing songwriting and performance again, this time as a solo act. After graduating in 2017, Scott linked up with a friend and UCLA Music grad Grant Milliken, to begin production of her debut EP, “Firsts,” which went live the third week of January. Her focus remains in writing and developing her live show with a band full of “some of [her] most wonderful friends.” Scott is feeling momentum in 2018, and can’t wait to keep sharing songs.
KRISTINA BANT JENKINS
A passion for photography was ignited while modeling for some amazing photographers including Troy Plota and Walter Iooss. Kristina quickly realized that she much preferred being behind the camera taking the pictures. A few generous photographers shared bits of their knowledge, even saying, “Here, take a roll!” Kristina’s photos have since been featured in Us Magazine, People Magazine, Total Film Magazine, on Good Morning America, the Huffington Post, and the Daily Mail, among many others. On any given day, she finds joy in photographing the candid smiles of children that make parents’ hearts beam, or a celebrity for a new ad campaign. Among the many celebrities she has been thrilled to photograph are Smokey Robinson, Trisha Yearwood, Shawn Merriman, and Lou Diamond Phillips. Coming from USC School of Architecture, Kristina has returned to her roots photographing some wonderful architects and interior designers to capture what is on the forefront of current design.
“If you haven’t seen already, I’m a mom of an amazing little guy with autism.
While so much of our life revolves around autism, I also want everyone to see just how much like everyone else we are. I like to show the happiness and giggles, the triumphs over huge challenges, and most of all the personalities and beautiful faces that live with autism. So with that in mind, I am working on a project called, THISisAutism™, Life Through The Other Lens™.”
Kristina is now celebrating the simple joys, the twinkles in eyes, and the huge triumphs over enormous challenges, with her current project, THIS is AutismTM, Life Through the Other LensTM, designed to help broaden the world’s view of what it means to have and live with autism, through photography. Kristina is a funny and insightful writer and speaks publicly on her photography and on her experience as a mom of a little boy, who is “the coolest kid there is.” Kristina wrote, “Our children with autism hear more intensely, feel more intensely, and our parenting is also then more intense.”
“My eleven year old son, Charlie, was diagnosed with autism before his second birthday. To me, Charlie is everything in my life, my best little friend, and perfect! Early on in the autism journey, I would talk about my son and autism, and people immediately put that label on him, then identifying him with anything attributed to that label. I felt it already boxed him in. It hurt me to think that each individual with an autism spectrum diagnoses was already limited in people’s minds. When discussing a child on the autism spectrum, people say ‘this child is autistic.’ It’s just easier to say, and most accepted. When I talk about my child, or my child’s classmate, or friend also on the spectrum, I say, ‘He is funny, he is empathetic, he is sweet, he is a goof-ball and a flirt, he loves basketball, and music, he adores his grandfather… and he has autism.’ I want people to know our children for who they are as individuals first, people, children with souls and hearts. Not for their biggest struggle.”
Capitalizing on her unique experience on all sides of the camera, as a model, as a client, editor, and as photographer, Kristina understands exactly what goes into a photo. While photographing children, she puts kiddos at ease, pulling out their best expressions naturally. Years of behavioral training and simply living alongside autism has provided invaluable knowledge and endless patience. Kristina has an ability for entering the child‘s world, not asking a child to pose, but capturing that split-second of sparkle, wonder and awe, in a child’s face, truly sharing what makes each individual child shine!
“Because I am a photographer and one of my biggest circles is the autism community, I became the photographer of so many kiddos on the spectrum. I believe I have a knack for entering their world for a few minutes, I do that for all children! I prefer not to make them pose, per say, but more see what they bring me to. And this really works for kids with autism. I always then see a spark in their faces, a twinkle in their eyes, a joy come across them! This is what I love to capture! This is what I think makes that child shine and makes their parents love their photos; that smile or expression that they can’t easily capture on camera or explain to others. I love those precious faces and personalities. …THIS is Autism! I found myself saying this every time I showed one of those photos. Forget the diets, the debates, the controversies, even the therapies for a bit, let’s see who this beautiful child is as a little person… THIS is Autism!“
Kristina is a strong voice for what it means to parent a child on the spectrum, and her humor and positive outlook shine through in her writing and photography. For these efforts, Kristina was awarded the 2016 Single Mom’s Planet® Women with Vision Woman of the Year Award!
KEVIN MARTIN INTERVIEW
CANDLEBOX CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY
WITH U.S. TOUR
Currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, multi-platinum rock band Candlebox has not only withstood the test of time but, more importantly, they’ve withstood trends, trials and tribulations and come out stronger for it. Because for this hard-working band out of Seattle, the goal has always been the same – to create iconic music that would last a lifetime.
Taking their name after a Midnight Oil song, Candlebox burst onto the scene in 1991 with their debut, self-titled album that went on to sell more than four million copies, was certified four times platinum, and landed them in the number 7 spot on the Billboard Charts.
Their follow up album Lucy was also well received earning them a platinum certification and solidifying them as a tour de force in the thriving 90s music scene. The band would then go on to release Happy Pills in 1998, which would be their last album before their eventual hiatus in 2000.
The driving force behind Candlebox’s success has been their explosive live show and throughout their career, they’ve toured with such bands as Living Colour, The Flaming Lips, Our Lady Peace, Rush, Henry Rollins, Metallica and more. They were also a featured band on the main-stage at Woodstock '94 and made repeat live performances on the David Letterman show.
They are best known for the singles "Change", "You", "Far Behind" and "Simple Lessons". "Far Behind" from their debut album entered Billboard's Top 20 in July of 1993 and didn't drop off the charts until January of 1994. The videos for "Far Behind" and "You" were in seemingly perpetual rotation on MTV and became two of the most requested videos of 1993.
The band took a break from 2000 to 2006 and in 2008 the band reformed and released their fourth studio album called "Into The Sun". This meant their return since 1998's Happy Pills. Also, they released a live album called Alive in Seattle, which included tracks from all their past albums.
Candlebox then spent years touring and released their sixth album Disappearing in Airports, which debuted at #9 on the Billboard Charts and spurred many tours including a successful European tour. In January of 2018, the group kicked off their much-publicized “25 Years Of Rock & Still Rolling Tour” and announced two exclusive Seattle shows with all four original members, which sold out in minutes.
Kicking off January 25th in Grand Rapids, MI, this powerhouse band will perform the hits from the album that launched their careers including “Far Behind,” “You,” and “Cover Me” as well as offer a career retrospective by playing songs from the entire six CD catalogue all the way up to their latest release Disappearing in Airports.
To keep the tour fresh and exciting for fans, frontman and founder Kevin Martin decided to incorporate a variety of show formats and performance styles that would highlight the band’s dexterity. The routing comprises large venue concerts and appearances on such festivals as Rocklahoma as well as intimate acoustic dates that lend themselves to a story-tellers format.
“This tour is for our fans, those that have continued to support us for 25 years,” said Martin. “It’s been an honor to play for them throughout the years and we feel truly fortunate that our music continues to resonate with our audience. We can’t wait to hit the road for this one – I think people will be in for some big surprises!”
In addition to Martin, Candlebox members include Adam Kury on bass, Brian Quinn on lead guitar, Island Styles on guitar and Robin Diaz on drums.
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Charles “Chuck” Hicks is the founder and director of the DC Black History (https://dcblackhistory.com/) Celebration Committee which celebrates black history year-round. He is a community activist focusing on issues that directly affect the community. Hicks serves on several Martin Luther King Jr. committees providing guidance, leadership and support. His work includes serving on the executive committee of the Martin Luther King Jr. DC Support Group, Inc.and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award Committee. Hicks co-chaired the DC Host Committee for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. He was co-chair of the DC Host Committee for the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Hicks is also a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Hicks is also a member of the DC Commission on Aging and the newly appointed DC Commission on African American Affairs. He also serves on the Commission on Black Men and Boys under the purview of the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton. He is also a devout member and trustee at Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Ward 1. Hick co-hosts with Joni Eisenberg the “Heal DC” radio broadcast on WPFW 89.3 FM. His service to the community also included work as the coordinator of labor for the District of Columbia for the Million Man March in 1995. Hicks was also a member of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Committee. He is the president of the Robert “Bob” Hicks Foundation which advocates for human and civil rights.
Hicks is also a proud member of the NAACP. He is also well known for providing 35 years of service to the DCPublic Library’s Black Studies Center. Hicks is a supporter and advocate of the African American Civil War Memorial &Museum. He is also founder of Bread-for-the-Soul Toy & Book Party – an HIV and AIDS organization which provides toys and books for Christmas to children whose parents have HIV/AIDS and to children who are diagnosed with HIV.
He is the former president of the AFSME District Council 20 and is a current member of the retirement chapter.Hicks continues his work as a member of the DC Democratic State Committee and is a dedicated member of two organizations that advocate for statehood for the District of Columbia – Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC) and DC for Democracy. Hicks is a member of the Waterside Tenants Association where he advocates for tenants’ rights and information transparency. He is widely recognized for his support for the arts and community programming. Hicks is also an active member of several study groups.
Chuck recently received the 2017 Community Cornerstone Award from DC Councilmember Anita Bonds.